Library

pdf Most documents are downloadable pdfs and will require Adobe Acrobat Reader for online viewing.

We have developed a Landowner Resources page with documents and weblinks for a range of topics including restoration, erosion control, gardening and native plants, fire management, and rainwater catchment. Click here to go to the Landowner Resources page.

Publications and Reports

Flood Control Zones

Zone 1–Novato  |  Zone 3–Mill Valley  |  Zone 4–Bel Aire  |  Zone 5–Stinson Beach  |  Zone 6–San Rafael Meadows  |  Zone 7–Santa Venetia  | Zone 9–Ross Valley | Zone 10–Inverness | Stream Maintenance Manual

Watersheds

Gallinas Creek | Miller Creek | Novato | Ross Valley | San Geronimo Valley | Southern Marin | Stinson Beach


County Services Areas
CSA 6 – Gallinas Creek | CSA 29 - Paradise Cay

Meetings

Flood Control Zone Advisory Boards

Zone 1–Novato  |  Zone 3–Mill Valley  |  Zone 4–Bel Aire  |  Zone 5–Stinson Beach  |  Zone 6–San Rafael Meadows  |  Zone 7–Santa Venetia  | Zone 9–Ross Valley | Zone 10–Inverness

Reference materials for Advisory Board members

The Institute for Local Government's website is a useful resource for local government. Visit their website or download two helpful documents related to AB meetings.

Meeting Preparation Checklist (288 KB pdf)

Understanding the Role of Chair (136 KB pdf)

 

Watersheds

Gallinas Creek | Miller Creek | Novato | Ross Valley  | San Geronimo Valley | Southern Marin | Stinson Beach


County Service Areas

CSA 6 - Gallinas Creek

CSA 29 - Paradise Cay

Maps

Browse by type of map

Watershed Maps  |   Flood Zone Maps   |  Watershed History

General and Countywide Information

Storm Damage Repair

Storm damage to levee

Marin County Supervisors unanimously approved $1.7 million in emergency funding from one-time capital funds to continue repair of road, mudslide and levee damage that occurred during the December storms that might not be eligible for federal funding.
Read the County press release.

Use of Horizontal Levees for Natural Flood Protection

Graphic of horizontal levee

The Bay Institute has prepared a report on the benefits of restoring tidal marshes, including the creation of horizontal levees for natural flood protection.

View the report

White paper on Climate adaptation - sea level rise

Old photo of San Rafael coastline

The City of San Rafael has produced a white paper aimed at providing information useful for understanding sea level rise and moving forward to the next steps in long-range planning.

Read the white paper

Tidal Wetlands for Resilient Shorelines

waterbird

The Winter 2014 Point Blue's Winter 2014 Quarterly has a nice article about the importance of tidal wetlands as wildlife habitat and buffers against climate change impacts.

View the article.

PBS Video: Sea Level Rise and the Benefits of Restored Wetlands

Shore birds at restored wetlands

PBS NewsHour produced an 8-minute video highlighting benefits of a South Bay marsh and wetlands restoration. Similar, though smaller, projects are being considered by the Novato Watershed Program to reduce flooding risk and increase resiliency to sea level rise.

View the video.

Strong Collaborative Relationships for a Sustainable Water Resources Future

wetlands

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a report in January 2014 that notes a key shift in water resources management from single purpose projects with localized benefits to integrated projects spanning watershed-scale efforts.

Read the report.

Marin County Board of Supervisors Update on the Watershed Program

October 29, 2013

On May 13, 2008, the Marin County Board of Supervisors authorized implementation of the Watershed Program, identifying this program as one of the County’s top priority initiatives. This staff report describes the status of work in each watershed and provides an update on specific deliverables being developed for each watershed.

Visit the Board of Supervisors' website to watch the recorded presentation (October 29, 2013).

View a copy of the presentation.

Fish Passage Program
Restoring fish passage through County structures remains a high priority for Marin County Public Works. Since 2005, eight barrier removal projects have been completed and four more are in the design phase.
View report (3.2 MB file)

FishNet 4C Roads Manual

FishNet 4C developed Guidelines for Protecting Aquatic Habitat and Salmon Fisheries for County Road Maintenance in 2004.

Download the manual. (6.3 MB file)

Marin County Stream Crossing Inventory and Fish Passage Evaluation

Ross Taylor completed a fish passage evaluation of county-maintained stream crossings in 2003.

Download the report. (1.2 MB file)